Topic / Catholicism

Clerical abuse: sour start to Pope’s Chile visit ends in fury

After commiserating with abuse survivors in Chile, Pope Francis – to the astonishment and fury of many – then accused them of slandering Bishop Juan Barros just before he left the country this week. Chileans have no doubt that Barros, pictured above in 2015 being targeted by protesters, covered up the activities of Chile’s most […]

Abuse scandals put a damper on Pope’s first visit to Chile

Pope Francis is in Chile – and the country is less than ecstatic about his visit. Many in fact are downright incensed, their anger manifesting itself in protests and the firebombing of nine churches. The source of their anger, according to this report, was sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Chile, and the […]

Archbishop Anthony Apuron faces fresh abuse allegation

Catholic Church officials in Guam say they have notified the Vatican of a new sexual abuse allegation against Archbishop Anthony Apuron. According to the Archdiocese of Agana, a relative of the homophobic Apuron told local media he was abused by the archbishop in 1990. Apuron already faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse of altar boys […]

Two churches sack gay choir members – for being married

The men pictured above are two of three gay guys who are at the centre of a controversy that erupted in a tight-knit Roman Catholic Church parish north of Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota. Last month Travis Loeffler, left, Bob Bernard and Dominic Mitchell were dismissed from their churches’ choirs after a newly appointed priest – Father […]

Police find child porn and drugs in an Illinois Catholic Church

Catholic priest Gerald R Hechenberger, associate pastor of the Holy Childhood Church and school in Mascoutah, Illinois, was arrested this week and charged with 16 counts of possessing child pornography. Hechenberger, 54, also was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Belleville police issued a statement saying Hechenberger was identified as being in possession of multiple images […]

Did God send gulls to show his anger over homoerotic scene?

Following reports that Catholics were incensed over a ‘homoerotic’ Vatican nativity scene last December, right-wing Catholic LifeSiteNews revealed last week that ‘something very eerie and ominous’ occurred after the Pope blessed the ‘hideous’ and ‘sacrilegious’ display, which was ‘so clearly meant as a nod to the LGBT lobby’. Wrote Anthony H Wagner, who is clearly […]

Scottish farming is in a perilous state. Will Jesus Christ save it?

The Church of Scotland certainly believes so, for it has appointed its first ‘Farming Minister’, Rev Chris Blackshaw, above. Blackshaw, who was previously the Chaplain at the Cumbria Agricultural Chaplaincy, is a Methodist minister and has also worked hard at encouraging farmers to talk about their mental health and support each other. According to this report, […]

Philly priest jailed: Catholic ‘morality’ takes another hit

A Philadelphia judge expressed surprise this week that Catholic Church officials thought it was best to forgive and forget the fact that Msgr William Dombrow, above, had embezzled half-million dollars meant to fund the care of aging and retired priests. Their “no harm, no foul” attitude stemmed from the fact that the local diocese believed […]

‘Astonishingly realistic’ Jesus winds up in Muslim hands

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (Christ the Saviour of the World) sold in auction in America in December 2017 for $450.3-m – and Catholics are now reportedly dismayed because it was bought by a Muslim. The National Catholic Register reports that the half portrait of “an astonishingly realistic Jesus Christ gazing straight at the viewer” […]

Vatican’s Christmas display is too gay, say shocked observers

Banned by Facebook, but accepted by Twitter, a photograph of a section of the Vatican’s 2017 nativity scene went viral this month – and provoked accusations of inappropriate homoeroticism. A photo of the scene, which includes representations of seven corporal works of mercy – Catholic acts of penance and charity – was first posted on […]